The old, proud name Welsh
name Wen is derived from the Welsh
word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." It was a nickname
for a person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing.
Early Origins of the Wen family
The surname Wen was first found in Carnarvonshire
(Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales
, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where this distinguished Welsh
family claim lineal descent from Brochwel, Prince of Powys
, who was Commander of the Welsh
forces under Cadvan in the memorable battle near Chester fought with the Saxons
under King Ethelred of Northumberland
in the year 603.
Early History of the Wen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wen research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1544, 1553, 1556, 1520, 1580, 1553, 1627, 1602, 1671, 1588, 1649, 1626, 1611, 1622, 1675, 1628, 1719, 1671, 1673, 1674, 1675, 1675, 1676, 1650, 1714, 1695, 1677, 1749, 1742, 1689, 1718, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Wen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wen Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Wen have included Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.
Early Notables of the Wen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Wynn ap Maredudd (died 1559), Head of the House of Aberffraw, High Sheriff
for 1544, 1553 and 1556; Maurice Wynn or Morys Wynn ap John of Gwydir (c.
courtier and politician who held the Gwydir estate... Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wen family to Ireland
Some of the Wen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wen family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Wen: Thomas Wynne and his wife Catherine settled in Plymouth in 1620; the same year as the "Mayflower"; Ed Winn settled in North Carolina in 1701.